Yesterday while at a local bookstore, I saw several copies of Arthur Randolph Shields’ book, The Cades Cove Story.
This book was originally written in 1977. The version I picked up was of the 20th printing and the book is still available for sale by publisher, Great Smoky Mountain Natural History Association. Obviously, a popular book!
I’ve only had a chance to read about the first third of the book, but I learned quite a bit about the history of the township. This book paints a nice portrait of its history, with several profiles of families of the area — Cable, Oliver, Shields, McCaulley, Lawson, Abbott, Burchfield, Gregory, Myers, Sparkes, Powell, Post and Foust are some included. The Wikipedia page has good detail on the history of the area as well.
I’ve enhanced the record about this book on the Open Library website to include the Table of Contents. I have also added the book to the Bibliography on this site. There are a couple of appendices I am hoping to get permission from the publisher to share on the Blount TNGenWeb site. I’ll keep you updated!